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ABOUT ME 

My name is Bob Ward and I am a graphic designer/print production artist with many years in the business of getting things printed — from conception to delivery. My experience in fast-paced, deadline driven environments enables me to be better suited for high volume studios. I have worked for publishers, printers, advertising agencies and most recently health & benefits/retirement administration companies.

Due to company restructuring at Mercer, I was recently laid off (Nov. 2018). Working as a Production Artist/Designer, I provided print/web support and design to Mercer's Communications department. A high volume studio producing health and benifits with (some retirement) print/web products for their clients employees. Mercer is a global leader for trusted human resources and related financial advice, products and services.

Before Mercer, I was employed at Hill Holliday (til 12/08) — I was hired to work initially as a dedicated Mac Artist on the John Hancock retail account but later moved into the "studio" preparing print files for Hill Holliday's client base.

Embracing the latest prepress technology, I am proficient in Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and use Acrobat, MS Word, Excel and Powerpoint routinely. Being skilled as a mock-up artist, I have experience creating professional high-quality renditions and prototypes. In a days workload, I am able to rebuild files, resize ads to publication specifications and produce layout solutions from an art director's concepts or designs.

Do you need a reliable, senior print production artist? 
Please see Work Experience for my qualifications. 

Download my current professional resume


I HAVE DABBELED IN VIDEO

Using iMovie I made a few movies to promote non-profit organzations in my neighborhood, such as; Roslindale Main Streets & Roslindale Open Studios.
Go to my Videos page to view those videos.                              _____________________________________________________

MY PAST VOLUNTEER WORK

  • ROSLINDALE VILLAGE MAIN STREET

I help promote my community of Roslindale by volunteering for Roslindale Village Main Street (RVMS). 
I was active on the RVMS Marketing team where I create ads, videos and other promotional collateral. Additionally,
I provide pro bono graphic design, print production, and photography services for RVMS.
Roslindale Village Main Street

  • ROSLINDALE OPEN STUDIOS 

 As one of the original organizers of Roslindale Open Studios (ROS), I provided volunteer hours and creative pro bono services including: graphic and logo design, program brochure, ads, banners, signage, print production to help brand the event. I also generated $4,000 in ad sales for the program brochure. Roslindale Open Studios

Roslindale Open Studios 2010 Preview Video

 

 —  RECOMMENDATIONS  —

"By the way, our prepress operators told me that your file was absolutely great...they wish all of our clients would send in files as perfect as yours!"
                                   
— Don Woo at Park Press, So. Holland, IL

"Bob, What can I say— you are the best! Thanks for ALL
you have done for Roslindale Open Studios. The brochure, postcards, advertisements and posters that you worked your graphic design magic on helped to make the event a huge success. I really appreciate all your dedication. It was a pleasure working with you."
            
  — Janice Williams, Roslindale Open Studios Coordinator

“As a volunteer on the Marketing Committee that I chair for Roslindale Village Main Street, Bob is an excellent resource for our social media, design, print and video needs. He is passionate about promoting small businesses and demonstrates a strong understanding of the challenges that small business owners face in this economic climate. Bob has a prolific talent for conceptualizing and then producing short videos to raise awareness of Roslindale's events and neighborhood character. We have also relied on him for a long time to develop our printed promotions, as he is very skilled in design and print production. He always takes initiative, always delivers a high quality product, and is always willing to do more. Bob is a stellar, invaluable member of our team - I wish we had 10 more just like him!”
— Erin Lyons, Director of the HSPH Annual Fund, Office of External Relations, Harvard School of Public Health

 

 

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Sunday
May102015

The Story of my personal branding

It was a beautiful spring day in the month of March and I was on my lunch break in Harvard Square with my Olympus camera. The year was 1999, and I was working at an ad agency called Baldwin & Stone situated in the heart of Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA. Since my lunch break was an hour long I frequently took walks around the "Square" but this particular day I had my camera and I was heading down towards the Charles River. I strolled over the Anderson Memorial Bridge to get to the the Allston side the river where I took the photo that would forever be used as my personal an professional branding. I did some major color enhancements as well as colorized elements in the image. After all it was still March and there wasn't much lively color in my image. So knowing a few things about Photoshop I began creating my new branding image. In my image, the Weld Boat House is situated on the right side and the Anderson Memorial Bridge on the left side. Through the magic of Photoshop I applied my greens to the trees and punched up my colors of the boat house to make it the focal point of the image. With my Photoshop color palette and use of some filters, I  created my image as we know it today. I designed myself a horizontal image with a speckled outer edge. I use it on my letterhead, business card and on my website header. Since the image was taken and manipulated by me it represents a small portion of my artistic creatively and skills. It one of my most favorite images.

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